Ratbones are a ramones-core punk rock band from Genova, Italy. They list their interests as The Ramones, and only the Ramones!! You can definitely hear that interest and influence in their music. The Ratbones released their newest EP in April of 2017 titled “Pop Experience.” The EP was released on I Buy Records and Monster Zero Records.
“Pop Experience” is a 4 track EP with a great old school punk rock sound and vibe to it. It the tradition of old school punk, the songs are short and sweet, but just long enough to grab your attention and cause you to crave some more. The first track Storm in My Mind to me has a bit of a Dee Cracks Killed my TV Set sound to it before the vocal kick in. The all around recording of the EP has the sound of a live recording to some extent, while still being very well put together.
Having to recently come across the Ratbones, despite the fact they have been around since 2003, it was a pleasant surprise to see a guest vocalist on their song Dyna, the guest vocalist being Jimmy Vapid. This EP packs a punch and definitely will have me digging deeper into the other music that the Ratbones have out there, eager to hear what I have been missing out on.
If you are a fan of Ramones-core punk rock, or punk rock in general be sure to give the Ratbones a listen. I think you will find yourself pleasantly surprised. I would love to see these guys on tour in the U.S. sometime in the near future, I imagine their live shows would be a great time.